In remembrance of Dr. Norman E.
“If you stretch yourself, you’ll be surprised how much
you can do. Get a little stardust on your hands, and you’ll be surprised what
that can do for you. And not only for you but also for your family, the state,
the nation, and the people of the world.”
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug
“He disdained all awards and honors, even making light
of the Nobel (Peace) Prize when his Swedish forbears, in 1970, recognized his
enormous contribution to mankind. When his wife ran to the fields to tell him
about the recognition, the story goes, he shooed her away saying someone was
pulling her leg.”
As reported by the India Times
“The world has lost a great hero. Dr. Borlaug’s tireless
commitment to ending hunger had an enormous impact on the course of history. He
will be remembered with love and appreciation around the globe.”
Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food
“In the early 1960s, India and Pakistan were confronting
famine and Mr. Borlaug was asked to help. He planted demonstration plots of the
new dwarf variety, but was unable to convince the state-owned seed companies to
adopt them. By 1965, however, famine in the region was so bad that the
governments acquiesced. Mr. Borlaug organized a shipment of 35 truckloads of
dwarf wheat seeds. Because of customs problems, the seeds couldn’t be shipped
from Mexico in time for planting, so he sent them to a port in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the $100,000 check drawn on the Pakistani ministry bounced because of
three misspelled words on its face. Ultimately, the cargo ship set sail for
Karachi and Mumbai but before they reached their destinations, India and
Pakistan went to war.
Despite these problems, he succeeded in planting the new
varieties in the two countries. Consequently, the new crop was 98 per cent
bigger than the previous year. India ordered 18,000 tons of seed from
Mexico and the harvest was so big that there was a shortage of labor to harvest
As reported by Dawn, Leading English Newspaper of Pakistan
"Before beginning his
science career, Borlaug excelled as a wrestler at
Minnesota, reaching the Big Ten semifinals twice in
the mid-1930s. He helped organize and promote
Minnesota's first high school tournaments and was
elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in
1992. "Wrestling taught me some valuable lessons,"
he said. "I always figured I could hold my own
against the best in the world. It made me tough."